Owner of YTY and practicing physiotherapist, Sam has combined her extensive health care experience and yoga teacher training to provide a place for people living with injury or illness to try yoga therapy and yoga practice under the care of a trained health professional as part of their rehabilitation or treatment.
Sam is a Registered Physiotherapist with over 25 years experience and post-graduate training in sports and orthopaedics as well as a Registered Yoga Teacher (200RYT) with an additional 300 hours of training in advanced yoga therapeutics at Shibui Yoga under the guidance of Leanne Kitteridge. Her yoga classes are based in Hatha with a focus on safety and alignment. Sam is available for one-on-one physiotherapy appointments, which focus on manual therapy, rehabilitative exercise and therapeutic yoga.
Always energetic and upbeat, Sam's other interests include surfing, paddleboarding, masters swimming and running. When not in the studio, you will likely find Sam next door assisting customers at the Gyro Beach Board Shop or out on the water.
Sarah was introduced to expressive movement at a young age through the form of dance. She has been devoted to learning about different forms of body movement. When transitioning out of dance she was introduced to the practice of yoga, which became her preferred form of movement. Initially drawn to the physical benefits of yoga, she became interested in the cognitive benefits of yoga and incorporated mindfulness and meditation into her practice. This led her to her RYT-200 at Ajna Yoga. Through this training she experienced the healing qualities of yoga and learned more about the mind body connection. Her classes are a dynamic mix of mindfulness and movement inspired by the ease and flow of dance.
Kevin was first drawn to Yoga as an aid for recovery from a brain injury sustained in 2011. While initially he used Yoga to find mobility in areas that were damaged in this accident, Kevin soon found the benefits rippled into other aspects of his life. The tools of meditation and conscious breathing became staples in his life and have helped him process a variety of life's hurdles.
During a trip through India and Nepal Kevin completed his 200hr YTT in Kalimpong, India, and has attended various workshops and meditation retreats elsewhere. Currently he is working on a degree in Astrophysics from UVic and teaches a Yoga for Meditation practice held weekly at the UVic Multifaith Center. His practices create a space for people to feel comfortable amongst community in a welcoming non-judgmental atmosphere. Kevin is an adventurous soul that loves to travel and experience different cultures. In his spare time, he enjoys running, biking, or skiing on mountains and sharing a good meal with friends.
Tanis is our special guest teacher for autumn 2020. As an exercise physiologist and instructor of Mobility and Movement Sciences at Camosun's Centre for Sport and Exercise Education, Tanis's passion for health and wellness is incomparable. A former varsity swimmer and national level triathlete, she teaches yoga for all levels: beginners to elite athletes. We are thrilled to welcome her to the Yew Tree Yoga family.
Sabina began dancing at the age of four and has danced ever since. She developed a dance program in her high school, Brentwood College and went to university for dance at Concordia and studied at the prestigious Les Atliers De Danse Moderne a Montreal. She toured Canada for it's 125 birthday and danced for the Queen of England. She has danced for Akimbo Dance in Kamploops, BC, trained at the Toronto Dance Theater, with Jennifer Mascall and Margie Gillies. Since moving to Victoria, Sabina has been Training in Ballet and modern danec. This training is highlighted by performances with Lynda Raino Dance, local choreographers and master classes with Alvin Ailey Dance and the Plastic Orchid Factory, Sabina has enjoyed the dance community in Victoria and is excited to bring some of the skill and fun to Yew Tree Yoga. Students can expect to become stronger and more flexible, while improving their knowledge of body mechanics and posture. For beginner ballet barre, zero experience is required, all abilities, skill and fitness levels welcome. Ballet is for everyone and it feels good!
Tommi's yoga journey began in the 70's, and has evolved over several decades. In 2008, her practice was revived with her introduction to Zen Buddhism. With this, the realization that the practice of asanas (postures) would facilitate a solid physical foundation for zazen (meditation). Her yoga asana practice was augmented by becoming a certified yoga teacher in 2010. Tommi’s fascination of the physical, emotional and spiritual benefits of yoga led her to complete Ajna Yoga’s Advanced Therapeutic Yoga certification program in 2013. She has elevated her practice through extensive teaching in the local community. Tommi believes that in class, as in life we are supported by each other, by the silence, by the form, the function and by the tradition.
Originally from suburban Ontario, Shery has called Victoria her home for just over a decade. She’s got a traveling heart and an adventurous soul. In the summer you can find her rock climbing and the winter, snowboarding at Mt. Washington. Yoga found her in early 2018 as it stilled and quieted her every busy mind. Shery took her teacher training with Ma Yoga in downtown Victoria. She is a Yoga Alliance certified 200 hr RYT. With a passion for healthy living, she often finds herself trying to help others through movement and nutrition. Her classes will transport you from stressed and over-thinking to laid back and feeling your true self. Shery will guide you through a heart-opening vinyasa that will leave you feeling confident and energized. Her Saturday morning class is designated as a Karma class, so it's free with a donation. This fall, all donations to our Karma class will go towards BC SPCA's Wild Animal Rehabilitation Centre (Wild ARC)